This 8-night itinerary lets you take in one of the world’s most inspiring countries in comfort and style combining the must-see highlights with some of the country’s finest hotels and lodges.
This itinerary takes you through some of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the world and includes all the key highlights of Nepal and Bhutan, making it a true gem of an itinerary!
Bhutan’s festival calendar is brimming with countless vibrant festivals. Integral to Bhutanese culture, festivals provide an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to come together, dance, socialise and receive blessings. Up and down the country, annual tshechus are held in the courtyards of monasteries, temples and dzongs, a colourful celebration of community spirit, played out to the tune of traditional dance and theatrical performance.
If you are a trekking and mountain lover, it's highly likely that small, mysterious and untouched Bhutan has been on your radar for some time. Asia Specialist Holly is a beach and jungle fan, so this Himalayan beauty had so far escaped her gaze, but the quest for unique travel opportunities and trying something completely different led her here… Read on as she tells us how it turned into one of the best travel decisions she has ever made!
Backed by the mighty Himalayas and the hiking heavyweights of Nepal and India, it is no surprise that Bhutan is fast establishing itself as a world class trekking destination. Whilst home to one of the world’s most challenging walks, its beautiful scenery appeals to the less intrepid hiker too, with many a route passing through rolling meadows, bamboo forests and rhododendron clad hillsides. The highlight of a trip to Bhutan is often the walk up to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery, yet simply taking a wander on the path less travelled will be rewarded with spectacular panoramas, stretching for miles around.
Zhiwa Ling Ascent
Best for: Culture History, Spectacular scenery, Walking Trekking
Serviced by a team from the Royal Institute of Hospitality, Zhiwa Ling is an intimate modern property a short distance from the centre of Thimpu where guests can enjoy first class service, spacious rooms, and fantastic views over surrounding scenery.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Located just outside of central Thimpu, Zhiwa Ling is a great option for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre and soak up some scenic views. Bhutan's first contemporary concept hotel, guests can enjoy first class hospitality by a team of professionals and trainees from the Royal Institute of Hospitality. The style of this intimate property is sleek and contemporary, designed to make the most of its surroundings and the natural light.
Guests at the Zhiwa Ling Ascent can choose between the Deluxe or Premier room types, both of which are comfortable and spacious. The Premier Rooms are great for those seeking an extra level of comfort during their stay, with an open plan interior and large windows looking out onto the hotel grounds, local temples or surrounding mountains.
For a property with only twenty rooms, there are a good array of facilities at Zhiwa Ling Ascent. There is a spa therapy room offering a variety of therapies and treatments, a sauna and a dedicated yoga area. The property's onsite restaurant offers spectacular valley views alongside delicious international cuisine. There is also a well-stocked bar and a rooftop bar and lounge that offers 360 degree views alongside cocktails in the evenings and health drinks during the day.
When to go
In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Tango Monastery - Half Day Hike
Explore the pristine landscapes and spectacular scenery of Bhutan as you leave the city behind to trek to the historic Tango Goenpa.
National Memorial Chorten
Explore the National Memorial Chorten, a towering Stupa artfully decorated with statues and religious icons, that serves as an important place of worship for people from across Bhutan.
Buddha Dordenma to Changangkha Nature Trail
Escape the city to discover the mighty oaks, rhododendrons and pine trees of the forests around Thimphu, leading between the towering golden Buddha Dordenma and Changangkha Lhakhang.
Golden Statue of Buddha Dordenma
Set on top of a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the Buddha Dordenma is a Buddhist site of extraordinary artistic achievement, its 125,000 gilded statues of the Buddha rivalled only by the views over the Thimphu Valley.
Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve
Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve, a wildlife reserve home to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan.
Visit the Jungshi Papermaking Factory
Offering a glimpse into the ancient tradition of making handmade paper, a tour of the Jungshi paper factory is a surprisingly interesting introduction to a craft that has been passed down through many generations.
Textiles of Bhutan
As you travel around Bhutan, the country’s rich tradition of weaving will become clear in the colourful Rachu and Kira worn by the women and the Gho of the men. A visit to the Royal Textile Academy introduces this cultural heritage.
National Institute for Zorig Chusum
With a rich heritage of arts and crafts, exploring Bhutan’s artisan traditions offers a glimpse into the cultural life of its people, and a visit to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum Thimphu is a fascinating introduction.
Farmer's Weekend Market
A visit to Thimphu’s bustling weekend market is a chance to observe locals as they chat and haggle for the fresh produce and mingle in this vibrant, colourful bazaar.
Cheri Monastery – Half day hike
Discover the beauty of Bhutan’s countryside as you hike towards the 17th century Cheri Monastery, an important site for meditation and a serene and tranquil destination.
Break the drive up between Paro and Thimpu with a stop at Tachogang Lhakhang, a privately run temple reached by an iron bridge, known as one of the finest examples of the skill of 15th century iron bridge builder Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo.
Explore Bhutan’s political heart and discover its governmental and royal traditions as you visit the Tashichho Dzong, first built in 1641 and the seat of government since 1952.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Thimpu, Punakha, Paro
Discover one of Asia’s most beguiling destinations. Taking in the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the thriving capital city of Thimpu and some of Asia’s most stunning scenery, this 8 night itinerary offers the perfect introduction to the Kingdom of Bhutan.